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Goa – the name says it all. Last month, when we visited Goa and it got me thinking how come I missed visiting this place. Stupid me!! Maybe because I was born and brought up in coastal area, (hardly 2-3 km from beach) beaches were never much exciting for me. BUT, there is a big BUT; Goa is totally a different experience. Words will fall short! Even the beaches are different from the usual ones I see in my native. Just take a casual walk on the beach and you will experience the magic of Goa.

We stayed at Beleza by the beach, at Betalbatim. As it was off-season, it wasn’t crowded. It was just hardly 1 minute walk to the beach from our resort. The ambiance is just amazing. The beautiful Colva beach is just 5 -10 minutes straight walk from the beach adjoining the resort. The best part is we can reach there by walking by the beach as well as collecting the sea shells too. You wonโ€™t believe how many varieties of shells I had collected fromย the beach ๐Ÿ˜›

The places we visited were Fort Agoda, ย Basilica of Bom Jesus -a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can see 400 years old relics of St. Francis Xavier, Archaeological museum, Panjim church, Sinquerim Beach, Mandovi River Cruise.

These are the few things to remember while planning Goa trip:

  • First thing is to decide whether you want to stay in North or South Goa. North Goa has lots of sight seeing spots (almost all of the famous tourist spots of Goa are in North). Thisย is the much knownย party area with lot of pubs, beaches, outdoor and indoor activitiesย and would be crowded. I suggest if you are going with your friends you should choose North Goa. Where as South Goa is much more calm, less crowded, serene atmosphere, lots of greenery with pleasant and calm beaches.
  • The best season to visit there is during October โ€“ February, thatโ€™s the most happening time in Goa. Rest itโ€™s considered as off season, but the cost of the hotels shoots up during the peak season ๐Ÿ˜
  • You can make use of rent a car/ bike facility if you know driving, but make sure you know the routes, or else you will be wandering around the same place over and over again. I suggest if it’s your first visit you hire a local cab or a driver, he’ll ย know every nook and corner and all shortcuts.
  • Take minimal dress when you are visiting Goa, I mean, nobody stares or bothers what you are wearing, feel free to try all your beach wears, shorts, micro minis etc ๐Ÿ˜‰ if you donโ€™t have any no worries Goa will not disappoint you, you can buy it from there and if you have good bargaining skills you will get some great deals ๐Ÿ˜€
  • Donโ€™t forget sunscreen lotion(most important) , goggles, scarves, hats.ย 
  • Finally have a plan ahead of the places you wish to visit and things to do in Goa, rather than deciding it onceย you reach there,ย so that you can saveย time and money. Check out with someone who has already visited there so that they can help you out (MEโ€ฆ.Meโ€ฆMeโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

    So hope you will nag your husband and family to get a ticket to Goa as soon as possible ๐Ÿ˜‰20140905_111708
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49 thoughts on “Goa; Checked! : Travel diary

  1. Great post. I love the pictures, simply beautiful.
    I am ashamed to share that I haven’t been to Goa ever *headbang*. But I am going there with my fiance( who will be my husband then) in March. I am already excited for the trip as it will be our first trip after honeymoon. I am really looking forward to see what Goa has to offer.

  2. Nice pictures I also went to Goa last month, we stayed in North Goa, Taj fort Aguada. what I didnt liked was how badly they have maintained Churches ๐Ÿ™

  3. Goa is an exotic destinations in India which has to be never missed. Your pictures are really mind blowing. keep sharing post like this

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